Tag: Michael L Radcliffe

Following Jesus in the reality of our world by Michael L Radcliffe

This Moot podcast includes a homily and then space to respond with a time of music. In this podcast Michael Radcliffe explores the theme of following Jesus in the complexity of our contemporary world. Drawing on the lectionary readings of Ephesians 1.3-14 and Mark 6.14-29, Mike explores how our baggage becomes a barrier to experiencing God and in particular Jesus which requires us to reach beyond are self-obsessions and self-preoccupations.

Michael L Radcliffe is one of the founding participants of the Moot Community, an artist who also works as a plumber. To see some of Michael’s art please see This podcast was recorded in the Eucharist Service on the 15th July 2012 at the home of the Moot Community at the Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary. Music was performed by Peter Thomas and Ciara Lowther.

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POSTED 16.07.12 BY: ianmobsby | Comments Off on Following Jesus in the reality of our world by Michael L Radcliffe

Advent paintings by Michael L Radcliffe prints available

As some will know, Mike’s big picture of the world like a football smashed in the exhibition before Christmas.  So to cover the costs (Moot is raising money to cover the costs of reframing the picture that smashed), we are offering against donation copies of Mike’s prints and those we have mounted on white board.  Note: This offer is not available for the two actual paintings in the exhibition if interested in buying these, please contact Mike direct.    Please see below images that are available in print form.  If interested in having one of these – those which donations are received with be reserved.  First come first served. After you have clicked the cost link you will go through to our paypal page where you can pay by paypal, debit or credit card.  IN THE BOX THAT SAYS PURPOSE PLEASE ADD WHICH PICTURE AND SIZE YOU WANT AS BELOW.

1. Ronnie Baby line drawing. We have one mounted version in A3 – to see image click here.   To make a donation towards the cost.

2. Oh God. We have one mounted version A3, 3xA3 and 1xA4 print unmounted – to see image click here. To make a donation towards the cost.

3. Womens face spray painting photo. We have one for mounted A3 and one unmounted version – to see image click here. To make a donation towards the cost.

4. Aw.  We have one mounted A3 version 1 unmounted A3 version – to see image click here. To make a donation towards the cost.

5. Messiah.  We have 2x A3 unmounted versions – to see image click here. To make a donation towards the cost.

6. Junia.  We have 1xA3 mounted and 1xA3 unmounted versions – to see image click here. To make a donation towards the cost.

7. Mary figure – We have 1xA3 mounted and 3xA3 unmounted versions – to see image click here. To make a donation towards the cost.

POSTED 09.01.12 BY: ianmobsby | Comments Off on Advent paintings by Michael L Radcliffe prints available

Another mini-mooter..

Ronnie Radcliffe born at 7.17am this morning, 9/6/08 by ceaserean. 9 lb 7 oz.

Everyone’s doing fine, and thanks for all the well wishes…!

Love from Mike, Carey & Ivy. x


This photo of Tim and Ronnie was taken today. I thought it was absolutely hilarious, so I had to post it.

Thanks for coming to see us today – Tim, Jan & Doerthe, and thanks for all the lovely well-wishes and congrats from everyone..

POSTED 09.06.08 BY: paulabbott | Comments (9)

Smoker’s Prayer Video

I’ve made another video….

You may remember a poem I uploaded a few weeks ago called “Smoker’s Prayer”

Well, I’ve now made another video to accompany this poetic gem. Have a looksee…..

Smoker’s Prayer

POSTED 27.04.07 BY: paulabbott | Comments (1)

Smoker's Prayer Video

I’ve made another video….

You may remember a poem I uploaded a few weeks ago called “Smoker’s Prayer”

Well, I’ve now made another video to accompany this poetic gem. Have a looksee…..

Smoker’s Prayer

POSTED 27.04.07 BY: paulabbott | Comments (1)

New Religion

So Carey, Ivy, Gareth, Phillipa and myself went to see an exhibition of works by Damien Hirst today.

The show was called “New Religion”, and can still be seen at All-Hallows-On-The-Wall Church in the city of London until April 4th. The priest at All-Hallows-On-The-Wall is the Rvd. Garth Hewitt, and the show has been organised by a friend of mine.

It’s a great show and a bit of a coup for them. Apparently after they’d hung it, Damien liked the show so much that he created a brand new triptych especially.

Anyway, after enquiring, Gareth discovered that one of the works was available as a signed print for 200 quid, and, spotting a unique money-making opportunity (A Hirst! For 200 quid! It’ll zoom up in price, and we’ll be rich!) he was on the phone and into full-on art dealer mode with frightening speed.

After a few minutes, he returned to us dejectedly declaring that they had forgotten to add a nought on the end – £2,000, rather than £200 – and his dream of retiring before he’d even been ordained was sunk.

If I’d know this about Gareth sooner, I would have used him as my agent, as he would undoubtedly have secured my reputation as a YBA!

Ah well, you’ve gotta try.

POSTED 11.03.07 BY: paulabbott | Comments (2)

It was twenty years ago today….

(Wow this has been a long time….)

Interesting to note that twenty years ago today, (debate-maybe yesterday?), saw the release of ‘The Joshua Tree‘, by U2. I had been slowly developing a grand appreciation for them from ‘October’ onwards, and particularly ‘Unforgettable Fire’ with it’s sonic experimentation. But this album seemed to take all that potential and catapult it into another dimension.

Politically articulate, spiritually rich, musically acomplished – it really was a significant moment in musical history, (as numerous ‘top album of all time charts’ etc still testify.

Mybe now it’s hard to appreciate it, A bit like trying to imagine a world without the Beatles, and I know the U2 are now hotly debated on the ‘cred-factor’. But this album was massive at the time and certainly bought something fresh and enriching to me… a time when i was about to re-enter church life, to get politically engaged and to start visiting some desperate places in the world.

I’d love to know other people’s recollections and reminiscences….

Excellent Wikipedia entry here…
Interesting article, (Andrew Collins), here…

POSTED 09.03.07 BY: paulabbott | Comments (6)

a little piece of nothingness…

beside my bed i keep a little piece of blue velvet cloth. its one of the only items in my life that carry a religious significance for me. i’d like to try to explain why, in this post.

it comes from a service i helped lead at moot with mike. the theme was, very simply, presence. for me, the themes that emerged throughout the service surrounded the absence of god in my personal life. i’m not even sure if i’d say that i feel god to be absent. maybe its that i have arrived at a place of doubt, which verges on/amounts to unbelief. during the service mike and i lifted up a large sheet of velvet cloth which had been draped over something at the front of the church throughout the service. it was blue velvet. very dark, almost black. then, very calmly, but rather dramatically, we ripped the cloth in two halves, revealing a large icon of christ. i then proceeded to cut up the cloth into small pieces so that everyone present could take home a piece.

i took my piece home with me that night, and it has been significant for me ever since. being very dark in colour, it partly symbolises for me a kind of mobile black hole. wherever i set it down, its like a black hole opens up to reveal the absolute openness, or emptiness of god. thats not to say i think god doesn’t exist, quite the opposite. but its not a very personal god, or a very easily defined god. in this sense, god has become the question for me, the mystery of life. no, this is not a hopeful image. but its significant for me because it reflects my utter disillusionment with (or loss of faith in) dogmatic religious faith. its important for me, somehow, to affirm what i don’t believe in. within this however, is the hope that i’ll meet god – revealed/concealed in unknowing/darkness – just like the icon. like a kind of curtain, similar to the hebrew temple curtain that separated people from the holy presence of god.

more positively, it is essentially about faith for me. for better or worse, i have presently no faith in any one of the common representations of the divine/religions. but i recognise that these are not god. such representations are, to me, just human constructs. or as pete rollins says of theology – it is that which is done in the aftermath of the divine. a fumbling, clumsy, very human attempt to make sense of an experience of god. thats not to say that theology/religion is useless, but that it is temporal, contextual, failing and not ultimately representative of “truth”. realising this fact has led me to peer out into the abyss and chaos of existence outside of the safe surrounds of a “statement of faith”, or a water-tight worldview. its a truly life-giving place to be for me. i really feel i am ‘trusting’ something, something so vast that i am at once lost and found in its presence.

i would like to thank mike actually, for his input into the service – all the best ideas were his.

thanks for reading.

POSTED 28.02.07 BY: paulabbott | Comments (15)

Art and Isolation

I came across a new blog for the first time yesterday: It’s called Art and Perception, and it’s really very good.

It seems to me that there is a real dearth of good art-related blogs at the moment, but this post from yesterday really got me thinking, as it talks about both art and religion. I’m not sure I would agree with everything entirely, but it does provoke some thought. It goes like this:

“The art world of today is not evil, it is simply inadequate.

If the art of today is lacking, it’s not only the dealer’s and collector’s fault…it’s everyone’s. –Edward Winkleman

If Painting A Day is the most important art movement of our time, then I think it’s safe to say there aren’t any important art movements at present. –David Palmer

Art is and has always been only one thing: the representation of what people find important. In the distant past, Western art portrayed religion. The artist was a craftsman employed for this purpose. Some artists did their job so well that the work became important in itself, quite apart from the subject of the work.

This progression of artwork gaining importance in its own right (separate from the subject of the work) eventually led to the point where art itself became a form of religion — and of course, a worthy subject of art.

As in any religion where there are not rules against it, artists attempted to portray their new god. But what does the art god look like? Art is of course an abstract concept, not a god created in the image of man.

The portrait of art as a god is most explicit in so-called “abstract art” — an attempt to represent art itself. That is why the question, “is it art?” is so important and far more literal than we normally realize. The question “is it art?” is important when, if the answer is “no”, the work has no claim to value — like a mediocre portrait that is not even a good likeness of the subject. If Jackson Pollock’s work is not art, it is nothing but rubbish, little different from a house painter’s drop cloth.

The art world, if one can apply the term retroactively to the past, was once a world of idealism and wonder. Today, the art world today is a world of anomie. Anomie is, at the social level, instability resulting from a breakdown of standards and values. At the personal level, it is unrest, alienation, and uncertainty that comes from a lack of purpose or ideals.

Why should the art world be a world of anomie? The answer is simple: no one believes in the art world anymore, the religion of art has been discredited. Imagine Christian art made by people with no belief in Christianity. That is much like what our art world is today. Yes, there is money to pay the actors, there are the museums which are the temples, but the religion is dead.

The reaction of the different actors in the drama is of course different. The dealers and curators, priests of the dead religion, continue with their empty rituals and try to pretend that nothing is amiss. For the artist, the reaction is the retreat into private spirituality — the only escape from anomie. You can read the same statement again and again from artists: “I make my work for myself.” For whom else should the artist work?

As Ed says above, this is not the failure of one group of people. We can’t blame the dealers for our problems. We are facing a failure at a broad cultural level, a failure of the entire religion of art. I don’t mourn the loss — “art for the sake of art” was always an absurd notion. But until art is applied to another purpose than glorifying itself, artwork will be nothing more than the separate longings of isolated individuals.”

Another one to add to the feed aggregator, methinks.

POSTED 27.02.07 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Art and Isolation

The Smoker's Prayer

This poem I wrote felt strangely appropriate for Ash Wednesday, so I thought I’d post it.

As this flame ignites
tobacco and paper
so ignite me
with your consuming fire

Breathing in
this mix of good
and bad air
this quickening death

Breathing out
as I let go
both the things I cannot cope with
and the things I can
a temporary relief

And as I stub this cigarette out
I remember that I too
will one day burn no more

For dust I am
and to dust I will return


POSTED 21.02.07 BY: paulabbott | Comments (5)